Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,520
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1913 TYPE 1 5C PF obverse 1913 TYPE 1 5C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

In his book The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels, David W. Lange observed of this issue, "If someone has not had the opportunity to examine Type 1 proofs, these may easily be confused with very well struck currency pieces." Indeed, distinguishing the two is not dependent on strike alone. The proofs have an extremely fine crystalline or satin finish that is quite different from conventional mint luster, but this quality may be obscured on pieces that have been harshly cleaned.

Collectors of the time noted the minimal differences unfavorably, yet this issue still enjoyed respectable sales for the novelty of its design. They've suffered an unusually high attrition rate, and it's possible that many were later spent intentionally or accidentally. Gems are quite elusive and are also in much demand as the only Type 1 issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/20/2019

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1913 TYPE 1 5C PF
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 304
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1913 TYPE 1 5C PF
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Base-------------125910298357--304
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Total-------------1259102100409--313
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1913 TYPE 1 5C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base22729537246657770978786091595110021450155817301949269932163783551582001004326770
25032140350362173581187892796811511486161518032199287134054360641088141561928109
000000811878927968115114861615180321992871340543606410881400
000000836897939985130115221673187624493044359449387305942900
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 8200
Owner: aj5831
 
Grade: PF 67
Points: 6410
Owner: Leonard Raines
 
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